Budget Cuts to Hit SEMO Cyber Security Training Program

Jan 20, 2017
Courtesy of Southeast Missouri State University

On Monday Gov. Eric Greitens announced plans to cut $146.4 million to balance Missouri’s budget. Funding for higher education across the state took the biggest hit with $55.9 million withheld. Four year institutions like Southeast Missouri State University are currently reviewing the university’s budget for the fiscal year. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Kathy Mangels, the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Southeast about these budget cuts and what it means for the university.


Going Public: 2017 Legislative Session Revives Right-to-Work Debate

Jan 13, 2017
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

With the 2017 legislative session in full swing, rumblings of right-to-work legislation have surfaced yet again. Now with backing from new Gov. Eric Greitens, Republicans are likely to get it passed this time. State Rep. Kathy Swan spoke with KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson to talk about this and much more.


Living in the Shadows: Eight Months Later

Jan 1, 2017
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

Last year, KRCU brought you the four part homeless youth series “Living in the Shadows.” At the time, two of Cape Girardeau counties biggest school districts had more than 400 identifiable homeless youth.

We shared the story of one of them. Her name was Joanne. She’s fifteen now, but nearly eight months ago her life was anything but normal.


“I was a little in a way kind of shocked [and] surprised,” Joanne said. “Like I’m going to live with my pastor? But at that moment I didn’t realize what kind of situation we are.”

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

The state of prescription opioid abuse in America has steadily been on the rise. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million people had become dependent on or had abused prescription opioids in 2014. While many states have put prescription drug monitoring programs in place to combat the ongoing problem, Missouri remains the only state without one. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Dr. Joel Ray, a neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center about why prescription opioid abuse has become more problematic in recent years.

Cost Cutting Prescription Drug Practice Causes Problems for Patients

May 22, 2016

A cost cutting practice for prescription drugs known as “step therapy,” is driving a wedge between insurance companies and doctors. With the rising cost of prescription drugs, many insurance companies are requiring patients to use a cheaper alternative of the insurer's choice to cover the cost.  KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Midwest Health Group physician, Dr. Victoria Damba about why step therapy is causing problems for some Missourians.

Lewis-Thompson: So, let's break down what exactly step therapy is.